Preschool Fairytale Engineering Series (Ages 3-6) 10 a.m.
Kids Fairytale Engineering Challenge Series (Entering Grades K-4) 11:30 a.m.
Families with children of different ages are welcome to come all together to one program. We'll hear the fractured fairy tale by Leah Wilcox about a hard-of-hearing princess then try to build contraptions that can safely convey an egg or object to the ground!
Music: Fairytale Songs (Disney) playing when kids enter and while engineering
Kids browse Rapunzel & Humpty Dumpty books (& fractured versions) as they enter
Book: Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora (multicultural, simple, not too gruesome version of the classic story -- Erica told gist of story to pre-schoolers, I read to K-4 group)
Book: Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox (Rapunzel mis-hears Prince's requests with hilarious results)
Flannel/Song "Throw it Out the Window" Song on Judy Freeman’s “Hi Ho Librario” (Make up your own additional verses.)
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone.
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare,
So she threw it out the window…
The window, the window, (trace window in the hair with hands)
The second story window, (hold up two fingers for “second”, then make book with hands for “story”)
High, Low, Low, High (stretch hands up, down, down up)
And she threw it out the window (motion “throw it out the window”)
2. Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he,
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he threw them out the window…
3. Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn't know where to find them.
But leave them alone-- when they come home
She'll throw them out the window...
4. Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony
He stuck a feather in his cap
And threw it out the window…
(Continue with other familiar nursery rhymes…Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Twinkle Twinkle…end with Humpty Dumpty.)
Preschoolers -- Book: Humpty Dumpty by Daniel Kirk (a very shy kid king finds he has the patience to put together the broken Humpty Dumpty -- and they both become friends)
K-4 -- Book: Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross (a slightly cracked egg discovers he doesn't have to blend in but can be successful as an individual...even cracked!)
Flannel: Humpty Dumpty (classic nursery rhyme, since it is a “downer” I like to conclude with a silly variation: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, eating black bananas. Where do you think he put the skins? Down the king’s pajamas!” –speaking of scrambled eggs…)
Talked about the Engineering Design Process, then gave kids challenge of creating a way for Humpty Dumpty to safely drop off our tall ladder and not crack on the tiles below.
Materials available: bubble wrap (limited kids to one 10x10" piece each so this wouldn't be too easy), egg cartons, cereal box cardboard, plastic cups, straws, fast food drink carriers, plastic berry packages, paper towel rolls, newspapers, tape, string, plastic bags, rubber bands...placed uncooked eggs in ziplock sandwich bags to contain any breakage.
(Also had available Straws and Connectors & wooden blocks for towers for youngest kids)
Next week: The Three Billy Goats Gruff –>Bridge Challenge!